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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Smoking

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Opinion: 'Many people don't believe social smoking is harmful - as a doctor, I know that's not true'
Dr Des Cox writes about the impact that social smoking has on your health, and why people need to quit smoking altogether.
# Study
E-cigarette vapour can damage immune system in lungs, study suggests
Some of the effects were similar to those seen in regular smokers and people with chronic lung disease.
# divestment
Courts Service of Ireland reduces shares in Big Tobacco, but still holds €4.5m worth in stocks
Critics state the Courts Services continued investment in the tobacco industry flies in the face of the government’s Tobacco Free Ireland vision.
# Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Smoking, vaping or even having nicotine patches during pregnancy may increase the risk of cot death
New research shows that babies can be at an increased risk of cot death if exposed to cigarettes or e-cigarette smoke while in the womb.
# world no tobacco day
Smoking causes 100 deaths and more than 1000 hospital admissions in Ireland every week
A quarter of all men and 20% of women in Ireland smoke.
# Money Money Money
Offering free patches to employees who smoke doesn't help them quit - but giving them money does
A new US study found workers were three times more likely to quit if there was a financial incentive.
# Decline
There's been a massive drop in young teens smoking in Ireland
The study was conducted between the years of 1995 and 2015 and shows a decline in adolescent smoking.
# butt out
Cigarette butts make up more than half of the litter on Dublin's streets
To help draw attention to this Dublin City Council has started a new campaign.
# Lancet
75% of chronic pulmonary disease cases linked to childhood illnesses and parental smoking
The findings were published in The Lancet journal this week.
# stub it out
Netflix criticised over amount of smoking in its original programmes
The worst offender was Stranger Things with 182 scenes with cigarettes.
# restaurants
Poll shows support for ban on smoking outdoors near food
Would you agree with a ban?
Giving up smoking? Most effective method makes it three and half times more likely for you to quit
Although smoking rates are declining, smoking-related deaths remain the leading cause of avoidable deaths in this country, writes Dr Des Cox.
# Shanghai
Police blame incident involving van in flames crashing into 18 pedestrians on 'smoking driver'
The driver had reportedly been smoking which caused ‘dangerous substances’ in his van to catch fire.
# love your lungs
Carlow institute to bring in all-campus smoking ban from Valentine's Day
There will be three designated “smoking shelters” created for smokers to go.
# Smoking
Over 300 retailers targeted in sting operations to see if they're selling cigarettes to under 18s
The HSE figures relate to the first three quarters of last year.
# New Year's Resolution
These lifestyle changes could help lower your risk of developing cancer
Quitting smoking is top of the list.
# giving up
You're twice as likely to develop mental health problems if you smoke, HSE says
A new study showed the benefits
There are more quitters than smokers in Ireland
One in eight people who smoked this time last year have since quit.
# Smoking bans
Smoking bans make married people happier than anyone else
Married women with children reported the largest increase in well-being.
# genetic mechanism
Why is it so hard to quit smoking? Tiny worms may have the answers
The worms exhibit behavioral responses to nicotine similar to what mammals experience.
Column: Should Irish companies give non-smokers extra days off?
Japanese companies are offering non-smoking staff an additional six days paid annual leave to make up for the breaks smokers take, writes Jason O’Callaghan.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think Irish people are health-conscious?
The majority of Irish people say they are in good health, though over 60% are overweight or obese.
# quit it
Tourists face €2.5k fine or a year in prison for smoking on Thailand's beaches
The new ban follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket.
'Abstinence-only approach to nicotine has created undue fears about alternatives'
We need truthful information on the relative risks of cigarettes compared to the various smoke-free alternative products, writes David T Sweanor.
# ethical investment
Courts Service of Ireland still holds €6 million worth of shares in tobacco companies
The Charities Regulator sold off its shares this year.
# Your Say
Poll: Should it be illegal to smoke in the same room as a child?
Children from deprived areas are twice as likely to inhale second-hand smoke as children from more affluent backgrounds.
Column: '8 per cent of young people aged 10 to 17 smoke cigarettes'
We need smoking prevention efforts to ensure smoking rates continue to drop among all young people, writes Donal Buggy.
# lighting up
Cannabis set to be legal in Canada by July 2018
This would make the country only the second to do so, after Uruguay.
# how to quit
Here's the official advice on how to quit smoking (and it doesn't include vaping)
Ireland’s health authority has recommended that the government wait for more studies before endorsing e-cigarettes.
'I smoked for 20 years and never thought I could give up but I'm proof it can be done'
Smoking is directly related to more than 5,600 deaths in Ireland every year.
# lighting up
This is the number of 'current smokers' in Ireland today
A new report differentiates between occasional and daily smokers.
# national quit day
'If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you inhale a mugful of tar each year'
One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease – pharmacists want to buck this trend.
# Quitting
Inmates in Irish prisons will soon have access to e-cigarettes
A new smoking policy for the prison service is currently being finalised.
# Quitting
Vaping is 'far safer than smoking'
New research found those who switched to vaping had reduced toxins and carcinogens in their bodies.
# Your Say
Poll: Should smoking be banned on restaurant and café terraces?
A number of businesses in Dublin have moved to ban smoking where their customers eating outside.
# Heart Disease
Obese people less likely to die after heart operations compared to those of healthy weight
A study carried out over 11 years found patients with a healthy weight were almost twice as likely to die in hospital compared to people who were obese or overweight.
# tackling addiction
Success of e-cigarettes cautiously backed by Hiqa report
Data from Healthy Ireland reveals that 29% of smokers currently use e-cigarettes as an aid to quitting smoking.
# Tobacco
Almost 6,000 people in Ireland died from the effects of smoking in 2016
Ash Ireland today urged people to consider giving up smoking in the new year.
# e-cigarettes
New research suggests e-cigarettes could be harmful to gums
More research is needed, however.
# sponsored by hse quit
Broke after Christmas? 7 tips to help you quit smoking and save money
You’ll be happier, healthier AND richer. What’s not to like?